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Family first says former wild child Barrymore

AS A NEW mother, actress Drew Barrymore has revealed how she felt she might sacrifice her famous free-spirited nature for the safety of her 15-month-old daughter.

"I try to have a sense of humour about how... (much) you need to learn and tackle," she said, "and how to remain fun-loving and not, like, uptight because there's so much to care about and to learn about."

Though becoming a parent is "the greatest thing I've ever done in my life", Barrymore (39) said it's brought a new level of anxiety.

"I've never been so worried in my life about making sure that something I care about more than I've ever cared in my life is safe and intact," she said.

That's why the star – who is expecting her second daughter with husband Will Kopelman – is joining other famous families at Safe Kids Day, to raise funds and awareness of preventable childhood injuries.

Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale, Mark Wahlberg, Piers Morgan, Kelsey Grammer and Ciara are among the celebrities expected at the Los Angeles event today.


Preventable injury is the No1 killer of children in the US, said Kate Carr, president and chief executive of Safe Kids Worldwide.

The non-profit organisation's website – www.safekids.org – offers tips to avoid common crib, car seat and household dangers.

Barrymore has become a student of such information, which she also collects from other mothers and her pediatrician.

"I think the best thing to do in life, or certainly what I've done in my life, not really having a traditional family (background), is you find the enlightened people," she said.

"If you do your homework and really apply yourself... that's a way to absolve the fears and get proactive."

Arming herself with information allows her to be "free and fun-loving as a parent".

"It used to be work first and now it's life first," she said. "So even though I'm doing a lot, there's a lot of things that have slowed down. I don't make that many movies anymore. I'm I'm trying to do jobs where I can work from home or be at home by dinner time."

Her latest projects are also more family-friendly, like her upcoming film with Adam Sandler, Blended, and her recent photo book, Find It in Everything, which she dedicated to daughter Olive.